Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans

Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans

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"[...]associated with them articles of undoubted European manufacture. A notice of the earliest recorded use of these objects naturally introduces the prehistoric use. With many nations that were bountifully supplied with convenient earthen and stone vessels, as well perhaps as others of the hard shells of fruits, the sea-shell was nevertheless a favorite vessel for drinking. Herrera describes the use of silver, gold, shell, and gourd cups at the banquets of the elegant monarch Montezuma II, who "sometimes drank out of cocoas and natural shells richly set with jewels." Other authors make similar statements. Clavigero says that "beautiful sea-shells or naturally formed vessels, curiously varnished, were used." In many of the periodical feasts of the Florida Indians shells were in high favor, and it is related how at a certain stage of one[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.89mm | 285.76g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507671083
  • 9781507671085